Hashem Emad Zikry, MD, ISMMS '18, is a resident in Emergency Medicine, Chief Resident for the 2022-23 academic year, and prior Director of the Third Year Medical Student Emergency Medicine Elective at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Dr. Zikry’s burgeoning research interest is in economically quantifying and thinking about acute care health system readiness and disaster preparedness.
In February 2020, as a first-year resident physician, he began a six-week rotation at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. He wound up on the front lines just as the worst of the coronavirus pandemic overwhelmed the hospital, which is situated in a diverse, working-class immigrant community that was devastated by the virus even as medical experts still knew so little about it.
Dr. Zikry’s unflinching dedication to providing the best patient care imaginable under such fraught and frightening circumstances was chronicled in a lengthy New Yorker story published that April. “I often think about what mistakes I may have made, what I could do better,” the article quotes Dr. Zikry as saying during one particularly harrowing moment. “But the one mistake I know I never make is the mistake of not caring.”
As Chief Resident at Icahn Mount Sinai, he directs the academic conference for residents and faculty by managing curriculum, overseeing content for weekly meetings, delivering lectures, and helping to develop the Grand Rounds Speaker committee.
In 2022, as a member of the New York American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Dr. Zikry was the only physician on a committee advocating for high-quality emergency care and informed public health policy in the state of New York. In 2020-21, he was a resident member of the ACEP Quality and Patient Safety Committee and a member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Administration and Clinical Operations Committee and the SAEM Consultation Services Committee.
As a medical student, Dr. Zikry implemented an athletic program to complement outpatient transition at Odyssey House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in New York City. He also was accepted to the Mount Sinai/Deloitte Fellowship in health care policy consulting in Washington, DC, where he participated in mapping sessions with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop a metric for general surgeon and orthopedic surgeon deployment.
Dr. Zikry is a recipient of the Harvard Macy Award for clinician educators.
He earned his MD from Icahn Mount Sinai, where he was a Humanities and Medicine Program Scholar and he will be a scholar in the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCLA.